Updates and Advice on COVID-19 from The Techstars Network

Mar 20, 2020

3-min read

At Techstars, our top priority is everyone’s health and safety. We will continue to do all we can to minimize the risks of COVID-19 and help us all get through this crisis. 

In addition, many in our network have been through tough times before and will help you navigate through this one. That’s why we compiled — and will continue to update — the latest resources and advice to help support you through this time. You can find the latest on this page.


Actionable Advice from experienced CEOs

In uncertain times, the perspective of people who’ve been there before is incredibly important. In this one-hour video, our own David Cohen, Brad Feld, and a host of other investors and CEOs sat down to share some actionable advice about how to best navigate downturns and crises. 

Watch the full video > 

AMA Replay: Running Your Business and Raising in Tough Circumstances

Fundraising and business operations just got a lot more challenging — but you're not alone. Listen to Techstars NYC Managing Director Jenny Fielding and Techstars London Managing Director Eamonn Carey share their experience and insights around running a company in uncertain times.

Watch the AMA > 

AMA Replay: Funded & Fearless Females 

Female Founders, don’t let uncertainty stop you from raising funds for your startup. Listen in as Techstars Los Angeles Managing Director Anna Barber, Techstars NYC Managing Director Jenny Fielding and Joanne Wilson, a former retail exec ad angel investor in more than 100 companies, share their insights on how to receive funding and thrive during tough times.

Watch the AMA >

Techstars Advice For Startups In an Economic Crisis

David Cohen, Techstars Cofounder and Managing Partner, shares his top 10 pieces of advice for the leaders of early stage startups during this economic crisis.

Read the full story >

Time For Creative Ingenuity

Tough times demand strong leadership. Jenny Lawton, Chief Innovation Officer of Techstars, explains why innovation and strong leadership are critical at this time.

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11 Tips for Startup Survival During COVID-19

Managing Director of Techstars Tel Aviv and a serial entrepreneur, Hilla Ovil-Brenner has weathered the economic downturns of 2000 and 2008. Here’s her advice for startup survival during uncertain times. 

Read the full story >


Wiki in Techstars Connect

We put together a Wiki page in Techstars Connect to help organize the information that is coming out so quickly. On this Wiki, we provide resources for how to manage your startup through these challenging times. We’ll update it frequently to support you and your company, so check back often and let us know what else would be helpful to you. (Please note: Techstars Connect is a private resource for founders and staff in the Techstars Network. Access is by invite only.) 

Visit Techstars Connect > 

Accelerator Program Updates

If you’re in a program — or soon to be — you have likely heard from us, a lot. Ensuring everyone is healthy and safe truly is our top priority. The good news is we’ve been operating events and programs in virtual environments for years, and have every expectation that we will continue to do so without missing a beat. If you have specific questions, please reach out directly to your program staff.

Community Program Updates

As you can imagine, a number of Techstars events have been postponed, cancelled, or changed to virtual. We’ll continue to work with Community Leaders from different regions to cancel or find new tentative dates for Startup Weekend and Startup Week events. As always, thank you for your continued patience as we work through the many changes ahead. We are grateful for all of your hard work and the important contribution you make to our network and communities. Your impact on Techstars is invaluable.